Thursday, 18 April 2013

P = Photography



Photography is one of my passions, I love taking photos and I love the memories they capture.

One of my favourite things is looking through old photographs from when I was a kid or photographs of family before I was born. Before we left the UK, I had to sort through everything to clear out the house and I found so many old photographs, some I’d never even seen before, I find them fascinating. Here is an old photograph of my dad with my granddad (before I was born) which I recently found:


My dad used to love taken photographs (mainly of buses....don’t ask!) so I imagine this is where my passion has come from. I had a camera from an early age and used to snap away whenever we went on holiday or on a day trip. The best bit was waiting for the film to be processed in the shop and the suspense at what the photographs would look like.

Things are different now in the digital age. You can delete pictures you don’t like or ones that are blurred before uploading them to a computer. So rather than having photo albums and bags full of photographs, I have a computer full of images. It’s amazing really at how quickly you can take a photograph and upload it to your computer or Facebook but it’s not quite got the same element of excitement as it used to have when you waited for them to be processed, or even processing them yourself in a dark room (which I did at college years ago).

I take photographs of all sorts of things. If I see a nice door, window or staircase I get my camera out and snap it. I love taking pictures of the sky and always try and get the best angle and lighting. Quite often, the best photographs are the ones where I’ve not tried that hard or through luck.
Here are a few I’ve taken that I’m really proud of:



My artwork for today "say cheese!":



What do you like photographing?




42 comments:

  1. I love the first and the last photo you have shared, they're absolutely stunning!

    Have fun with a-z.

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  2. thanks jessica, santorini is such a beautiful place its hard to take a bad photograph!

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  3. These are great photos! I love photographing people. They are so interesting. I also like montages. Photography in general is one of my favorite art forms. I lose memory on my phone from taking so many pictures. You should check out this story http://www.vivianmaier.com/ . I think you will love it. Jennifer a.k.a. Urban Gypsy Girl

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    1. hi jessica, my phone is full too all the time. im not that great at people pics but try my best! ill check out that site as soon as im back in the ipad x

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  4. They are fabulous photos, the last one took my breath away

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    1. thank you ida! that means a lot :)

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  5. I am also photograph freak. My pc is full of pics that I lack space now. Going through all those old pictures just brings back so much of memories and moments we can live seeing them.

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    1. hi fellow photo freak. we have 2 laptops, both are full and everything backed up but i still worry about losing everything. old photos are the best!

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  6. I like taking pics too but not like that! LOL

    The last one, of the wheel is really lovely.



    Sonia Lal

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    1. Thanks Sonia, I I love this pic too!

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  7. Your photos are amazing. You definitely have the eye for it. :)

    I love the idea of photography. I love seeing other people's pictures. I take horrible ones myself. :P One day I may learn, when there's more time. For now, I'll appreciate those who already know how to take them well.

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    1. Hey carrie, I think we all have it in us to take a nice pic, the more you take the more chance you get of having a good one, that's how it works for me :)

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  8. I have a few cameras and vid cams too. I connect them to my motorcycles and never leave home without a camera, even if I have a phone camera too. Silly, but its like its a part of my body. I can never get bored look at other photographers' photos or tire of taking a photo. I like the pic of the Curiosity Shop!
    KaTy Did at: Life's Ride As I See It

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    1. Thanks KT, I feel lost without a camera too. The old curiosity shop is still standing in Holborn, London. I was only recently given this photo of my dad by my cousin, until 3 months ago I'd never seen it before! It looks like a cool shop.

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  9. Awesome post, Rowena. You've got some awesome photos and I must admit, I'm jealous. I like taking photos but don't feel that I'm very good, despite having an AS Level qualification, lol. Did you ever get Tripleprint photos when you were younger? They were the standard 6x4 photo but with two passport size photos as well - you used to have to send your film off to be processed with them. They were awesome. I do miss printing photos but I save up a years worth a print them in one go - it works out cheaper! Plus it gives you a chance to relive memories; I have to admit, I've not got the 2012 photos printed yet though :( xx

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    1. Hey laura! Ahh your photos are lovely, I wish I had done a photography course too now, it's never too late I guess? I don't remember getting the passport sized photos with triple print, but I probably went to the shop to do them then sat around town waiting impatiently for them to be ready. I'm rubbish at printing out pics these days, I may take your advice and do a whole lot all at once....xx

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  10. Very enjoyable!!!!!

    Came by from Tales of the Reborn Crafter

    http://talesofthereborncrafter.blogspot.com/

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  11. I love the windmill photograph. I'd love to be able to great photo's. As it is I'm an amateur amateur!

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    1. Ha ha amateur amateur...is there such a thing? I bet you take nice pics really.

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  12. wow they are really good, i would love to be able to take good pictures. actually just yesterday i looked through old pictures with my mum, the way old pictures look fascinates me, the tinged yellow and the grey and white.

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    1. I love old photos, especially the square ones with round corners tinge yellow. There is seem lovely about black and white pics as well. I bet you do take a nice photograph you are very creative!

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  13. Good post and beautiful pictures! My two favorite things to photograph are anything nature and my grandchildren. I am, by no means, a photographer, but I love to play. :)
    #1229
    A to Z April Blogging Challenge
    http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/q-is-for-queasy/

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    1. Hi Debra, this for the visit, I see you are my first Pinterest follower too so double thanks! Nature photographs are beautiful, I'm not great at close up though, you need a top camera for that.

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  14. Please read the post at Blogging from A to Z today (Friday April 19). I've featured your blog to help you gain some new blog followers. Don't forget to visit those who are your new followers and have left comments so you can thank them and reciprocally follow their blogs. We're trying to accomplish some fruitful networking today!

    Lee
    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi lee

      Just read the a-z blog, thank you for the mention and trying to get me more followers...not sure i can cope with all the comments hee hee. I will visit as many blogs as I can today, I average about 20 a day at the moment, it helps that I'm not working!

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    2. 20 visits a day is not all too bad. I'm not sure that I always make it to that many myself! I wish you well and hope you'll get a boost with today's promotion.

      Lee
      An A to Z Co-Host
      Tossing It Out

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  15. Those are beautiful photos! I like taking pictures but I do miss the film part. When they are on my computer, I forget about them and never find time to actually print them out. But it's nice to be able to delete the bad ones so I don't waste money printing out a million photos that have my thumb in the picture =).

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    1. I rarely print photos anymore either which is a shame. I will be doing some family ones soon though so I have a montage on the wall somewhere to look at. Glad you like my pics!

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  16. Very nice! I love photography! You have a new follower from A to Z!

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    1. Hi new follower and photography lover! I will come and check your blog out soon :)

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  17. When my mom passed away, I inherited all of her photos and slides. Now I have a scanner that converts the slides to digital images so I have a treasure trove of memories. I am not a photographer but sometimes take good pictures. I love your photos and really like the Dicken's shop.

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    1. Hi Ann, that's lovely that you have all the photos from your mum, these things often get lost or not passed on (in my case!) which upsets me.

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  18. I like that pic of the sunset. I had a photo of my mom when she was young. When I lost it, I was sorry I hadn't scanned it.

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    1. That's a shame, do you have any relatives who might have photos? My cousin has loads of my dad that she got off my uncle, I only found out about them a few months ago.

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  19. Lovely pictures! My husband really likes photography too--and it's easy to do living in Southern California (we live near LAX).
    Good luck with A to Z!
    Kids Math Teacher

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    1. Hi Lucy, thanks for visiting! There are so many places in California to visit ive not even started. I'll be out and about this weekend hoping to get some more good photos.

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  20. I really enjoy photography as well! You should check out the site dearphotograph.com - I really enjoy it!

    I'm glad I've found your blog through the A to Z Challenge and I look forward to reading more!

    -Cristyl @ www.mychillthoughts.com

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    1. I will check out that site today, thanks for the recommendation! I'll pop over and visit your blog soon too, thanks for visiting :)

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  21. Hi. I love your illustrated blog and your photos. I love to take photographs of nature and then compose poetry inspired by the images. You may be interested in visiting my a-z writing challenge blog called moonramblings
    Best wishes
    Lavendermoongirl

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  22. i love photography as well, and enjoy going on photowalks. I am by no means a pro, but I do have fun taking photos of just about anything. I love your photos here, as well as that super-cute sketch. You are truly talented!

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog: kristenhead.blogspot.com

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  23. I love to take photographs too! Random ones that you don't think too much about are the best! Lovely photos :)

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